Schweighofer is one of the largest wood processing groups in Europe, with significant operations in Romania, including three sawmills and one laminated wood panels factory. The group directly employs some 3,500 people  

The decision was taken by FSC’s international board of directors after additional information about possible violation of timber measurement standards, which will require further Policy for Association investigation to determine scope and impact, was brought to the board’s attention.

FSC considers that initiating an additional investigation is not compatible with maintaining the probation status of the company.

The board also considered that these allegations, if confirmed, could carry an increased risk that products not complying with FSC standards and policies might be traded through supply chains under a prolonged probation status, a situation that is considered “unacceptable for the organisation”.

The Schweighofer Group has informed FSC that it accepts the decision and recognises it as an effective signal to meet stakeholder expectations and encourage their engagement and has consequently decided to terminate its certificates with immediate effect as a way of demonstrating its acceptance and commitment to the FSC Policy for Association.

FSC said it recognised Schweighofer’s efforts during the past three months and a gradual approach to re-association for the group’s mills outside of Romania could be possible,